How to: Set Tool Length and Work Offsets – Haas Automation Tip of the Day

– Hello and welcome to
this Haas Tip of the Day. So, many of us know that one of the easiest ways to crash a machine is to goof up on our tool length offsets or maybe our work offset Z values. So, today’s tip is all about making sure that doesn’t happen, right? We’re going to show you how to manually set those tool length offsets and those work offset Z values. So here is the part that
we are setting up, right? You might have seen this part in such critically acclaimed YouTube videos as finding your edge and finding the center of the hole, right? We’ve got other videos you can see that help you set up the
X and Y work offsets. Again. On this part, our G-54 work offset is a back left corner. On this one, our G-55 work offset is the center of that hole. But in those videos, we never showed you how
to set your Z values. That’s what we’re going to do right now. I’ve already loaded up all of the tools for this part and we’re going to touch
manually right now. I am navigating to my work offset page and I’m just making sure that there’s no values in for my G-54 Z or my G-55 Z. We’re starting from scratch here. Now I do have X/Y values, but that’s because we’ve already found our X/Y locations, right? Watch the other videos. Now I’m switching over to look at my tool offset page and all of my tool offsets are blank right now as well. So we’re ready to start. I’ve got my tool one the spindle and I’m going to jog right on top of this left block here. Now why am I touching off on top of this left block? Because my programmer told me to. I’ve got a set up sheet here that shows the back left corner is my zero and it also tells me to touch off on top of that part. So at this point, I’m
going to show you guys how to touch off with paper. Now there are lots of different methods. We’re just going to
show you this one first. With tool one the spindle, I’m going jog down right above the part. Switch it into point zero
zero one jog increment. Then I’m going to jog down with a sheet of paper in between the part and the tool. I’m going to move down slowly, one click at a time, while pulling the paper back and forth. Now as soon as I start to feel this paper drag, I know that the tool is pinching the part and it’s were it should be. So I’m going to stop
jogging at this point. I’m going to go to my tool offset page with tool offset one highlighted, I’m going to press the
tool offset measure key. Minus 18.488, that’s my machine position. That’s what it is using for tool offset. We’ll talk about that later. Okay? So I’m going to close my door and I’m going to press next tool. We’re going to repeat this process for all of our tools. Now we’ve actually made
a whole other video on how the next tool button works. So, if you haven’t ran
through the next tool function before, watch
the next tool video. This is my second tool. It’s a half inch end mill. Again, jog it above the part. Little piece of paper. Once it pinches and stops moving I’m done. Tool offset measure. Next tool. Now you can a little bit better tool touch off. Little bit more accurate if you’re on one tenth of a thou increment. For me, if I’m touching off on paper I’m not too worried about perfection. If I wanted to get a better
touch off than paper, I’m going to grab a piece of shim stock This shim right here is four thousandths of an inch thick. I’m gonna take this shim and touch off my tools. I’m going to set it underneath the tool, jog down above it, except this time, I’m going to switch to one
tenth of a thou increment. I’m going to bring it down click by click while moving the shim back and forth until the shim starts to drag. I don’t want to pinch my shim. I just want it to drag slightly. At that point, we’ll
press tool offset measure. Now with this method, we’re not done yet. We’ve got to subtract the thickness of this shim from our tool offset. So I have to type in minus point zero zero four
and press the enter key to subtract the thickness
of that shim from that tool. Now likewise, there is a whole bunch of different types of touch off tools out there. This is one electronic touch off tool. If this touch off tool was placed on top of my part and I jogged down and then just above the part switched to point zero
zero zero one increment and I bring this thing down until this light turns on, then I press tool offset measure, this touch off tool is two inches thick so I would have to subtract two inches from my tool offset measure value. Okay, so we’ve gone ahead and touched off all of my tools. I think this job had seven
or eight tools in it. Now what I’d like to do is do a tool change to one of the pointier tools in my carousel. I think tool six is drill. Okay, so I’ve got mt tools somewhere above my G-54 part. All of my tool offsets are set. I’ve got tool six in the spindle. Now I’m gonna enter into MDI, G-54, G-0, G-90, X-0, Y-0, G-43, H-6, Z-.1 and then an M-30. So what we’ve done here is we’ve just essentially written a G-code program. This is amazing. If you don’t know where to start when learning G-code, this is it right here. We’re going to use work offset G-54. G-0 just means go really fast, rapid mode. G-90 means make all of
your moves in accordance to the G-54. Now we’ve got an X/Y value on this line, we want this thing to move right to our X-0 Y-0. The next line say G-43, H-6 Z-.1. These are the scary moves. When you’re making a Z move on a machine this is what you really
have to watch, right? And that’s why we’re checking it before we run the real program. G-43 just means it’s going a positive tool length offset. Now this is one of the very few codes I don’t explain much on, right? Because we always use a G-43 in combination with our H value. Why H-6? Because I’ve tool six in the spindle and I want my H value to match my tool value. Now, 99 times out of 100, right or more than that, our H value matches our tool offset. Z-.1 means move to .1 inch in our work coordinate system. Then we end it all with an M-30. Okay. Before running this, we’re just going to go ahead and go to our G-54 page and we’re going to make sure that our Z value on our
G-54 is set to zero. I’m going to go into MDI, make I am on five percent rapid and I’m going to press single block. After this positions the tool in the X/Y, I’m going to press cycle start again. The tool is going to move down just above the part. I’m going to have my finger on feed hole to make sure I can stop that tool, you know somewhere just above the part. Now my work G-54 position screen says I’m at Z-.39 inches above the part. Does that look reasonable? It does. That could be about .4 inches above the part. At this point, I’m going to change my position screen to distance to go. If I press this cycle start, my Z is going to move minus .29 inches. Is it going to hit anything? Doesn’t look like it, so we’re pretty safe. So, I’m going to press cycle start. That’s it. Our tool ended up the back left corner of this dock. Right where it should’ve. More importantly, we’re sitting about .1 inches above the part visibly, right? We’ve just verified that our G-54 Z value is set correctly and we also verified that the tool offset, at least for tool six, is set correctly as well. Right now I’m going to put an indicator in the spindle and we’re going to set that G-55 Z value. I’m going to jog down
right above our part, pretty close to where
we touched off the tools and I want to jog down till my indicator reads zero. With our indicator resting on top of our part right where we touched off our tools, that’s the important part, I’m going to go to my position screen. Then I’m going to move over to our operator column and I’m going to press the origin button. What this did was it zeroed out my Z access operator column. Now you can do the same thing for your X and Y axis as well. We could’ve pressed X origin and zeroed out the X that way Y origin and zeroed out our Y, but right now we just care about our Z. Now with my operator Z value and my indicator both reading zero I’m going to jog up and out of the way and over above our G-55 part. Once there, I’m going to jog back down until my indicator reads zero zero again. Okay, so my operator Z value now says minus .07 inches. So the top of our G-55 part is 70 thousandths of an inch lower than where we touched off our tools. Our G-54. So, we go to our offset page, go to our G-55 work offset Z column and we enter -.07 enter. So our G-55 Z value should now read -.07 while our G-54 value Z column reads zero because we touched off our tools here there was no offset adjustment needed. I just want to mention that we could’ve used any type of indicator really. We just zero it out on the point that we touched off our tools. Zero out our operator Z value. Jog up and over to our next vice. In this case, G-55 find out that position. Now we know the distance between our second vice and our touch off point and we enter that in as our work offset Z value. Now, I’m gonna swap out to a pointy drill and we’re going to check this G-55 Z work offset. I’m gonna jog down to a safe distance above our part, then we’re going to into MDI change that G-54 to a G-55. I’m gonna press single block, five percent rapid. I’m looking at my work position screen and I’m going to press cycle start. So it’s moving in the X/Y first right above the hole. Again if you need to learn how to pick up a hole, look at the pick up a hole video. Now I’m going to press cycle start again. And before it gets to close to the part, I’m going to press feed hole. Now my G-55 position says Z.4631. Could that be .4631? Looks pretty good. We’ll go ahead and take a look at our distance to go value and it says that my Z distance to go is .3631. So if I press cycle start, it’s going to move in the minus direction by .3631. That looks fine, so I’m gonna press cycle start. Now looking at this drill above our part, I can see that my X and my Y are correct and more importantly, we’re sitting at .1 inches above the part. We verified that our tool length offsets and our work offset Z values are correct, for both our G-54 part, where we touched off the tools and our G-55 part. Well we’ve accomplished
what we set out to do. We’ve shown you how to manually set your tool length offsets. We’ve shown you how to set those work offsets Z values and most importantly, we’ve given you two lines of code that you can run in MDI to check your own work, right? Take the time right now, rewind this video, look at those two lines code again. Watch it over and over
until you understand them. Those two lines of code
rest at the heart of G-code. Well, if you got something
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Industrial Marketing Guide for 2019: How To DOMINATE

Are you a manufacturing or industrial services
company? In this video, I’m going to show you exactly
how we walk our clients through a marketing strategy in 2019 from start to finish. (singing) All right, you’re in manufacturing or industrial
services. What that means, and what I mean by that,
is that you are using your equipment, your machines, you’re creating a service for other
B to B companies. This is not if you’re selling a product. If you’re selling products that are industrial
or are more technical, this is not the video for you. We can cover that in a separate video and
we’ve got other content for that on our channel. I’m specifically talking to people that are
doing machining, plastics, corrugated. You’re doing facility services. You’re doing a service for another company
or using your equipment because they don’t have it, and you’re selling that service to
them. This is a large majority of our clients at
Five Fold Agency, is in this manufacturing and industrial services side of the business. This is the business and industry that I came
from in plastics, so that’s how I originally started the agency, and it’s a core competency
and focus of ours. It’s a little bit different than any normal
B to B agency. There’s a lot of agencies out there that say,
“Hey, we do B to B. We can hook up with you guys and give you
guys some good marketing strategy and do stuff for you.” But at the end of the day most the time they
don’t actually understand what it is that you really do. It’s just words on paper to them. They can’t truly market if they’ve really
never sold to it or marketed a ton at scale into that group. So you guys are most likely either selling
to other manufacturing services companies or you’re selling to OEMs. You’re going after large companies like Deere
and Whirlpool, Electrolux, or people that are doing electronics or consumer goods or
things like that. You want to make their stuff for them. If that’s you, this is the way that we break
the strategy down. From the initial call when we get on the phone
with a potential customer, the first thing that we look at is their website. It’s not so that we can say, “Hey, we need
to redo a website to push out the marketing side of it and let this take up to three to
four months, or get more money out of you”. Because most the time manufacturing service
and industrial service companies don’t have a huge budget for the website. That’s not why we’re doing it. We’re looking at it because websites are not
what they used to be years ago, where it’s just validation of what the salesperson is
saying. Websites now are used as a tool to educate
the person because you’ve got an informed buyer that’s coming to you that’s going to
do all of their research before they even reach out to you to really understand the
most about you. That’s why the importance behind the website
is critical, and we start there first, because if that ship of the website isn’t ready to
go out there and sale, we have to fix it before we can really push a ton of marketing effort
behind it. So, we start with the website. We’re not going to get into the UX design
and how it looks. We’re basically looking at data. We run it through our tools to do an audit. We look to see how much traffic are you getting? How much organic traffic are you getting? What type of experience do people have on
there? How old is the website? We’re going to go through all that stuff and
basically create an assessment and say, “This is where your website’s at. You might need to redo it, and if you don’t
have the budget for it, there’s slight tweaks that you can do to your website to get it
performing better at a lesser cost than a complete overhaul, and those things can be
done quickly.” Or we may say, “Your website is just complete
garbage right now. There’s no point of pushing any marketing
dollars towards it and sending traffic towards it. So with that being said, we don’t want to
work on anything until you have a budget set to be able to spend on that website.” So that’s the first place that we start, is
looking at the website. We’re also, at that same time, going to look
at the SEO, the organic search engine optimization. How is your company’s pages being ranked on
Google? What type of phrases are you going after? Most the times when people have websites built
by agencies that don’t understand the industry, they’re not going after the right search phrases. So they’re going after things that are maybe
not relevant, or too vague, or don’t have high search volume behind it. So we’re going to look to see what is your
current state of your SEO and just do a quick high-level audit prior to the call, just so
I can understand where you guys are at. After we do the SEO audit, then when we’re
on the phone call, and we’re going through it with you we’re going to say, “Hey. This is roughly where you’re at.” The next thing I want to know is what are
you currently doing with your marketing? What type of budget do you have? What type of resources do you have? A lot of times industrial manufacturing services,
the marketing department, the marketing head is just the end of the highest paying sales
guy. So you’ve got a VP of sales, and marketing. I’ve held those roles before in the past. Typically, most VPs of sales and marketing
do not have a ton of exposure in the marketing world, but they’re handling the marketing
because they are the department head. Usually, they don’t have a team that’s under
them. Maybe they’ve got one person that’s a coordinator. Maybe they’ve got two people. If it’s a really large services company there
might be a team, but for the most part they’re flying solo, or they’re relying on people
outside of their company to be able to do their marketing for them. So I’m gonna wanna understand the team and
the resources that you have. And it’s important from the standpoint of
this. If you have resources there, if you’re currently
doing things there that are working, where you have somebody that can do those things,
I don’t want you to pay us to do it for you. I would rather utilize those resources and
show them the strategy, or tell them things that they need to do that can offset the costs
of the agency on a monthly basis. So if you have a marketing coordinator, maybe
they’re good with graphics, I’m gonna say, “Hey, can we borrow this person’s time this
much a month to have them do the graphics based on our strategy, but not have us charge
you for that time? We’re just doing the strategy behind it, and
approving the graphics that they make, but they’re gonna manage actually creating them
and perfecting them and getting them approved and posting them.” So we’re gonna start with the resources. Once you go after the resources, that starts
to shape and build out “What can we do? And what path should we go down?” If you do or don’t have minimum resources
then it’s gonna really rely solely on the budget. How much money do you have on a monthly basis
to spend on your marketing? At a minimum level, you’re gonna be looking
at $3,000 a month, and up from there just to bring in an agency to do some things that
are actually going to work. The way that we start is we look at your SEO
and your website, and the maintenance behind that. Is your SEO correct? Once it’s optimized, if it’s not correct and
it’s not working, then on a monthly basis you have to be doing some sort of tracking
and optimization of that. And that’s what we do at the agency level,
is we make sure that we’re tracking your position, tracking your competition, coming up with
strategies to get you to rank higher faster, and then tracking that ranking on a daily
basis through our automation tools and then reviewing it at the end of the month to see
how is it working. That’s step one, you want your organic SEO
to work for you, because you don’t want to pay Google AdWords campaigns and a Pay-Per-Click
campaign for a dollar or two dollars every time somebody clicks, when you’re showing
at the top of those search results. Ideally, we want you to show up at the top
of those search results right underneath that ad section organically because you’re not
being charged for those clicks. So that’s the premise behind why we’re gonna
push on SEO from the beginning. The second thing you have to do is the content
marketing side. We right the articles for you, we have technical
writers, engineers on staff. We have creative writers, as well. We’re gonna write the content for you on a
monthly basis, and the way that we break it down is either one, two, three or four articles
a month. Typically we try and stick with either two
articles a month or four articles a month. So either biweekly or weekly, we’re creating
a blog post, we’re creating a whitepaper, because we need some sort of content to push
out there to show that you’re a subject matter expert to get your brand awareness out there. So content marketing, extremely important
part, so it’s the second pillar at a foundational level of what we need to start with. The next step from there is gonna be the distribution
of that. The thing for you guys in manufacturing and
industrial services, LinkedIn is gonna be the cheapest, most cost effective way to get
a lot of eyes on your contact, and to engage with people from a sales standpoint. We’ve got a whole video on sales prospecting
for you guys. We’ll link it up here, and you can check that
out and I’ll walk you through exactly how to optimize your LinkedIn profile and then
use LinkedIn as a sales prospecting tool so you can start to get some engagement and start
to get some ROY out of that effort, and some potential sales. So using LinkedIn as one of the distribution
methods at a foundational level, the three pillars, has to happen, and we manage that
for you, where we’re going to create your company page, or update your company page,
and then manage it on a weekly basis. When we create content, we’re gonna put it
onto the company page, we’re gonna push it out from there. We’re gonna make sure that the team and all
the client-facing people in sales, marketing or whoever’s on LinkedIn that is engaging
with customers or potential customers at any level, is then sharing that out, liking it,
commenting, to get it out to their network. The reason behind that is because we want
to be able to produce the content and control it, and not have the sales people to have
to think of, “What should I post next? What should I link to? What articles are new out there?” So we’re gonna do the work and the heavy lifting
for you, all you have to do is do the like, share and comments, and then build your network
based on our sales prospecting. The other aspect of that is that we will teach
you exactly how to use LinkedIn as a sales tool. With monthly calls, with checking your KPIs,
checking your metrics, tracking it down and holding you accountable that we want you to
hit these certain levels, and if you don’t hit them, we’re tracking and monitoring, you’re
gonna be asked, “What’s going on?”, on every single monthly call. The reason why we’re doing this is because
we want to give you the tools for you to be able to do it yourself. We’re gonna track and monitor to make sure
that you’re being held accountable, because most of the time people say, “Yeah, I’ll do
it.” You’re not used to doing this, it’s not part
of your muscle memory, so we’re gonna be there to keep encouraging you and pushing you along,
so that way, it doesn’t just get forgotten, because the upper management’s gonna be pretty
pissed off if they’re paying for something that you guys aren’t utilizing. So the three pillars are website and SEO maintenance
on a monthly basis, then you go into the content creation because you have to create something,
and then distribution of that content at the lowest level, it’s gonna be LinkedIn and pushing
that out there, and then teaching your sales team what to do with LinkedIn and how to use
that as a resource. Going up from there, there’s a lot of different
paths you can go down, depending on budget. If the budget is $5,000 to $10,000, $10,000
to $20,000 a month, there’s so many different ways that you can go, so we look at the target
demographic and where you’re gonna get the most bang for your buck. The next area to throw into it is gonna be
a quarterly content shoot. So the quarterly content shoot that we do
is where we jump in and come on-site at your location on a quarterly basis, shoot a ton
of video, hours of video, and then what we do is we chop that up into 12 to 14 to 16
different microclips, and then use those weekly through social, put those on your website,
so that way we’re just getting video content out there, and then we come back three months
later and shoot again on any updates or shoot different footage. The reason for this is because video content’s
more engaging than long-form posts these days, either on your website or on social. So we want to have some sort of video content
that we’re able to drip out there on a weekly basis to keep people being engaged and give
them teasers up until the end of that quarter, and then we come and shoot more. The quarterly content shoot is a great option
for people that have something to show. If you’re facility’s not super nice, if it’s
not very clean, if there’s really nothing to show there, then it’s not an option. Those are things that we go through with our
potential customers and clients on the phone. The next step from there is gonna be getting
into some sort of advertising PPC. So you’re either using Google AdWords, you’re
using LinkedIn advertising, maybe you’re doing something on Facebook or Instagram that’s
very strategic to, depending on what exactly you guys are doing as a service, whether or
not those things will work. On the LinkedIn side, we’ve got a whole video
on that, that we can link above, about LinkedIn advertising, how it’s more effective a lot
of times than Google AdWords. For you guys in manufacturing and industrial
services, the issue with Google AdWords is typically they’re not as effective because
you don’t understand the search intent behind why the person’s searching. You don’t know the intent, then your ad’s
gonna show up, and you’re gonna get typically subpar results. You have to be extremely strategic if you’re
doing AdWords. That’s something that we pull out from a retargeting
standpoint, or you could do it from a standpoint of new phrases that you’re not ranking for
organically. But you have to have an agency like ours that
understands if an engineering, purchasing, operations person is typing something into
Google, they’re gonna type things in different than somebody that’s looking for a consumer
product, or a dentist, or a lawyer, like a lot of these other agencies. Even if these other agencies are B to B, they
still have never sold to that group, so they don’t understand that person’s mindset. So we’re very strategic with what we do and
don’t allow to come through on those searches to make Google AdWords the most effective
as possible. Usually the telltale sign is, if you’re doing
Google AdWords right now, go into your campaign, go into Google Analytics, look at your bounce
rate on your Google AdWords campaign. A lot of times, it’s gonna be 85, 90% and
north from there. If it is up there, then something’s drastically
wrong. It’s basically saying only that 10 to 15%
of the people that you’re paying to come into your site are going past one page, which is
a complete waste of money. That’s were LinkedIn strategically with their
advertising, you can target companies, target people at those companies or job functions
in an industry, and create a very strategic brand message for them, to then show that
to them and only them. It’s a higher cost, but you’re extremely strategic,
and then from there, you can get a lot more engagement and it’s gonna be better off. Another area that we’ll pull in is email marketing. Email marketing is not as effective as it
used to be, but it is still a strategic play for certain things. Whether or not you’re using the CRM system
partnership that we have with SharpSpring, or you’re own email marketing system with
HubSpot, Infusionsoft, whoever it is, Zoho, whatever it is that you’re using, we can jump
into that CRM system, manage your automation, create the content, create the emails, set
them up on schedule, do everything, manage a list, build it out, and then distribute
it. Whether it’s monthly, quarterly, weekly, whatever
it is that makes sense for your strategy. The last aspect is gonna be the brand collateral. So some of our clients need new pitch text,
new brochures, new line cards, things like that. We can do all that internally. We want all the branding to be the same, we
want everything to match together, the voice and the path that the company wants to go
down from a branding standpoint. Everything matches up, and we create that
content for people that need to either do a leave-behind, they’re doing a trade show,
or you’re going in to pitch to a new client, we’ll create the pitch text for you, along
working with you and make sure that it’s got the graphics, the videos, the things that
you want to see so it’s nice and lively and it’s less boring than just a bunch of thousands
of words on a screen as you go slide by slide by slide. So the brand collateral’s important, but that’s
still a small aspect of it. At the end of the day, whether or not you’re
spending 3000 a month, or 30,000 a month, there’s a big difference between those two. A lot of times that comes in from a PPC standpoint
or a ton of content or a ton of video. But at the minimum core level, you have to
be hitting those main three pillars of doing SEO, doing social media marketing, and using
social as a distribution source for your content and creating content. You guys don’t have time to be writing content,
you may write five pieces over five months, and then it just stops for a year and a half. That’s where having technical people like
myself and the team to be able to create that content for you, we can make it match to exactly
what you’re trying to say, and then distributing it from there. And now you’ve got valuable information that
you can put in front of those potential customers to entice them to come in. So whether or not you’re working with an agency
now, you’re thinking about working with an agency, hopefully if you’re in manufacturing,
you’re gonna be working with us. But really look at the experience of those
companies have working with your specific niche, because you guys need somebody that
understands exactly what it is that you do. We’ve been there before, we’ve got over 50
years of manufacturing marketing and sales experience. We’ve worked in the industry, we know what
the struggles are that you guys come through. So therefore, we know how to circumvent those
and we’re not gonna be sitting there learning, “What is this? What does that mean? What do you mean you sell to these people? Well what does that person like?” We get it from the get-go, which is gonna
mean from the start to the first results is gonna be a lot shorter timeframe than educating
people on what it is that you do, and that painstaking process of repeating yourself. So if you guys like this content of me taking
you through the 2019 marketing strategy, or the way that we do it here at Five Fold Agency,
hit that like button. If you have comments or questions that you
want me to dive deeper into, leave them in the comments below, and we will see you on
the next one.

Aqua ViTea is fighting for transparency in the kombucha business

Craft kombucha may have a smaller market
than beverages like beer or wine but Aqua ViTea wants to convert a different
kind of drinker. “I lived very much in a fast food and
soda kind of household. Growing up, the two things that would make my mom run to
the store is if we were out of Coke or milk.” “We discovered kombucha and it was
that a-ha moment for me of realizing all off a sudden that people are smoking on the
airplane. That’s how I like to describe it. We think back to when people could
actually smoke on airlines and it seems like, it seems so ridiculous now. And at that time I thought, this is soda. We’re gonna realize at some point here,
what are we feeding our kids? This is ridiculous. Aqua ViTea started
small. Back in 2005, they would sell kombucha from kegs at the Middlebury
farmers market. “And at that time I would buy Santa Cruz Juice, the 32 ounce
bottles, on sale at the grocery store, go home and dump out the juice so I had bottles to
put kombucha in at the farmers market.” From there they expanded into self-serve
taps at local co-ops and grocery stores. “It was local delivery routes that we
were doing ourselves, dropping off full kegs, bringing back the empty ones,
cleaning and refilling them.” In 2014 they took over a 60,000 square foot facility
that was last run by Woodchuck Cider. They’ve repurposed the cider company’s
old tank systems and plumbing to scale up their production. But because kombucha
is made with live bacteria and yeast, controlling large batches can be a
challenge. “The hardest thing about scaling it was controlling alcohol. The more
organisms you have, the more unpredictable it is. So with beer and wine
you’re usually using one type of yeast and it’s very repeatable. With kombucha
it’s just — that’s not the case at all because you have potentially five
different dominant organisms in there and they’re constantly fighting for
center stage. And so your results are going to change depending on who’s
winning that battle. You’ll get more acids in one batch,
you’ll get more alcohol in another batch. And all these things are costly changing.” The company has invested one and a half million dollars in an Australian machine
called a spinning cone column. It’s basically a kind of still. It draws
alcohol out of the liquid without affecting its flavor. But not all
kombucha companies are doing this. “Unfortunately there’s still kind of a
con being played on a lot of the consumers from other kombucha brands. I would say over 70% of the kombucha products you find on the market right
now are mislabeled. It’s a bunch of flavorings added to make it taste like
kombucha. You can buy probiotics off the shelf and add it to a drink and
carbonate it, and add some apple cider vinegar to it and make it taste and
behave like kombucha. But it’s not being craft fermented.” Aqua ViTea also
runs a lab where they test the levels of alcohol and probiotics in their own
products and their competitors’. “You can make kombucha at home in a gallon jar
really easily, and that’s how most these companies have spun up. Including, you
know, two of the largest players still just have warehouses full of one, two
gallon jars. The problem is, you don’t have the lab equipment, the testing
equipment. You can’t know for sure what you’re making. And you’re taking what
you’re reading on the internet as gospel and it says that it’s under half percent
alcohol, and it turns out it’s not.” Now the company is looking to take on more
of those competitors. They’ve introduced a new line of purposely alcoholic
kombucha in cans and they’re working to get their bottles into bigger retail
chains across the country. “The problem is, ironically, you know, we
set out to battle Coke and Pepsi in terms of consumer choices, and now Coke
and Pepsi own kombucha brands. We’re now fighting them from that angle. At the beginning, the box stores, they looked like the evil empire, you know, that we’re
battling with but now I think that’s the place that we
reach those those consumers that are becoming educated around healthy choices
for their diet.”

Aurelie Boudier of GE Healthcare Takes the World to Work

Hello! I’m Aurelie, Global Creative Director at GE Healthcare in Buc, France. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month so this week, GE employees and I are taking over all of our social channels to give you an inside look at our mammography device, the Pristina. Created by women, for women. Let’s go! Welcome to day one: design. Getting a mammogram is not something women look forward to. Many devices are unwelcoming, intimidating, uncomfortable sometimes. So, that’s the reason why we had to approach the new design and every aspect of it with empathy. And reimagining this new device from their point of view. First, we look at older design. And so it’s what we could do differently like avoiding sharp corners or hard edges, rough textures and impressive mechanics. I design a series of sketches on paper or digitally. When we’ve got our sketch, we can move to the 3D software and turn that into surfacing and CAD computing. So once we have a prototype, we need to make sure that the design is comfortable for patient and user friendly to clinician. For that we work with ergonomist to analyze and generate data. This is Julie. Hi, please tell us about it. Hi, I’m Julie and I’m an ergonomist. With the device, comfort was at the heart of conception. So as you can see on my screen, we are using 3D software to provide ergonomic requirements to the design. So we are using different types of biomechanical sensors. But we’re installing on the patient, on the technician. And at the end color and finishing. We have developed the color inspired by cosmetics and car industry to reconnect the medical field to a wider consumer consideration nurtured in women’s mindset. Doing so, we aim to play down the drama around the mammography exam. Well, thank you for following along. I hope you appreciated this journey with the design and our new device. So please, follow us with day 2 with engineering. See you tomorrow!

This Solid Part — a Rocket Fuel Injector — Has a Working Motor Inside: The Cool Parts Show S1E1

Additive manufacturing will change what parts are possible! I’m Pete Zelinski And I’m Stephanie Hendrixson with Welcome to The Cool Parts Show! This is our new series where we talk about cool parts 3d printed by viewers like you. So Pete you have a part here to help us get kicked off. I have a way cool part! So Stephanie you know how one of the promises of additive manufacturing is internal features? Sure lattices, conformal cooling, that kind of thing. Right. So now think internal objects. Like sensors? Yeah. But take it even farther. Imagine a solid part with a complete working motor embedded inside. That’s what this is. Sounds like a pretty cool part. But what is it? It is a cool part! This is a rocket fuel injector, designed by TGV. Fuel injector, mixing fuel and oxidizer during the rocket launch, usually a solid part. This one uses that motor that’s inside to precisely control this pintle, controlling the openings of these orifices changing the mix of fuel and oxidizer in flight. So this looks pretty solid, and you’re saying there’s a motor embedded in there. How do you get the motor in there and not damage it with metal 3d printing? This was made using a solid state additive manufacturing process. There was no melting involved, there was no high heat, the motor was never in danger. This was made through ultrasonic additive manufacturing. It was made by Fabrisonic, Mark Norfolk, CEO of Fabrisonic describes the process. So ultrasonic additive manufacturing is a type of 3d printing for metals. UAM is little bit different in that we’re taking thin foils of metal on the order of five to 10 thousandths of an inch. And we’re welding those together using ultrasound. The secret sauce there is we’re not actually melting anything. This is all happening at room temperature. This part right here never got above about 200 F. So the lowest temperature on your oven at home, that’s as hot as we ever get. Metals really like to stick to other metals. And if you take two pieces of metal here on Earth, they are always covered with an oxide layer. So if I take this sheet and I fold it over and I try to press it down, it doesn’t bond. But with ultrasound, we can actually scrub away that oxide layer and put virgin metal on virgin metal. So what we do is we fold over the foil onto the material we want to bond and we roll over that with what we call an ultrasonic welder. As it rolls over, it’s vibrating this sheet back and forth on the order of 20,000 times a second. That vibration actually scrubs off any impurities any oils and most importantly scrubs off the oxide layer. As soon as you have virgin metal touching virgin metal, mother nature takes over and you get a solid state bond. So what really struck me and captivated me about that is the oxide layer. Every metal part in the world is basically wrapped in saran wrap. If you do ultrasonic scrubbing, to get that saran wrap off, like metals want to bond with like metals, they want to mush together, and just that mutual mushing is enough to make a solid part. Yeah, and so through that process, you’re able to build things like this without damaging the motors or sensors or anything else that you might want to embed inside. Okay, so if fuel injectors are usually this static thing, why would you want to put a motor inside of one? Yeah, so if it’s just a static fixed part, then you get one mix of fuel and oxidizer. This one gives you a variety of different mixes that you can control. It now becomes possible to throttle up, throttle down the mix of fuel as the rocket is launching, according to a programmed path to get exactly the thrust profile that you want for the launch. So why would you 3d print something like this? Couldn’t you just assemble it? Yeah, you could. So that’s kind of the way you ought to do it right is this is in different parts, you drop the motor in there, bolt it together, and it’s held in place. The problem is, what TGV decided, there is no way to get a tight enough assembly to absolutely guarantee you won’t get unintended mixing of the fluids. The only way to keep those fluids separate, keep the streams apart, is a completely solid seamless part. Alright, so one more question for you. All of this seems to be the same material except for this band right here. What is this? That’s right. This is all aluminum except that band is copper. Another ability of this process, ultrasonic additive manufacturing, it makes building with dissimilar materials in the same part pretty easy. Mark Norfolk also had something to say about that. Another interesting feature is we can print dissimilar metals. So if you look at the device, you’ll actually see a thin ring a copper and that’s actually acting as a seal. By printing that softer material in a very specific location that allows us to seal one fluid from the other very easily. Other things that we’re looking at for future versions of this is actually stiffening that structure with some embedded embedded wires so that we can actually take out some mass. By adding high strength wires inside the aluminum matrix, we can get a much higher strength which allows us to shrink the wall thickness, if you will, which will hopefully allow for weight savings as well. Alright, so to recap, this is a 3d printed fuel injector made with ultrasonic additive manufacturing. That process allows for a motor to be embedded inside, which controls this pintle on the top, which allows you to change the amount of fuel that’s coming through and throttle your engine. So I think that’s a wrap. That was our first episode of The Cool Parts Show. Tell us about your cool parts! Please email us [email protected] Thank you for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe.

Rockford manufacturers learn efficient techniques at business workshop


Sigma Technical discuss growing a business in Exeter

My name’s Mike Badley, I’m an engineer I run Sigma Technical and Luminous Show Technology. My background is in movie special effects. I’ve spent the last 15 years working on blockbuster movies. So, we got in touch with SETsquared and were introduced to Joe Pearce. We met with Joe for a coffee and he ran us through all the services that we can access. SETsquared introduced us to Spacetech. Sigma Technical went in with open eyes hoping to learn something from Spacetech. We came away with a great plan and a lot more confidence in what we are doing. Through Spacetech we got £5,000 of grant funding to evolve our concept and our product and following on from that we were able to access £250,000 worth of grant funding from Innovate UK. The robotics project we’ve been working on is designed to measure athletic performance. We’ve also been awarded a seal of excellence from Horizon 2020. We have a mentor called Stephen Moore, he’s an experienced entrepreneur. It’s really useful to have somebody with that kind of level of experience that you can access. Following the grant funding, we were able to take on a couple of employees and since then we’ve developed Luminous which is now doing very well and we’re now up to seven employees. We’re located at the Exeter Science Park, it’s a great facility to have access to it’s got meeting rooms, all sorts of different sizes of offices, so your company can grow without having to move. Whilst Sigma Technical has been developing its robotics hardware several opportunities have come along for us to exploit which SETsqaured have been instrumental in helping us with. We’ve created a spin-out company called Luminous. Luminous now sells special effects hardware worldwide.

Number of employed in Korea up 310,000 in July

The government released Korea’s employment
figures for July… an important barometer of whether the local economy is on a solid
recovery path. Kim Hyesung has the details. According to Statistics Korea Wednesday, the
number of people in Korea’s workforce was up 310-thousand in July compared to the same
month last year, thanks to a pickup in the manufacturing sector. “The manufacturing sector showed a turnaround
starting June. The manufacturing workforce increased in July
thanks to a base effect from last year, and an increase in exports of manufacturing goods.” The manufacturing sector posted 50-thousand
more jobs in July. Construction, education, and real estate also
added more jobs. On the other hand, services, including publications
and information services, finance and insurance saw the number of jobs drop. The employment rate increased slightly to
61-point-five percent. The number of unemployed also fell below the
one-million mark in July, the first time in seven months. The unemployment rate stood at 3.5%, staying
flat from the same period last year. But the youth unemployment rate increased
slightly to nine-point-three percent. With the number of young people who have given
up looking for jobs and the number of job seekers both on the rise, the real unemployment
rate for 15 to 29 year olds, a key indicator of perceived job market conditions, now stands
at over 22 percent. Kim Hyesung, Arirang News.

Superbolt Featured on Fox Business Network’s “Manufacturing Marvels”

Hi, this is John Criswell, welcome to Manufacturing Marvels. Bolts are a simple means of putting things together, but when their diameters are larger than an inch, tightening them is anything but simple… unless you’re using Superbolt. Founded in 1984 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Superbolt has revolutionized the bolting industry with its multi-jackbolt tensioner (MJT). This innovative tool achieves incredibly high preloads and accuracy by dividing the torque into multiple, manageable forces, therefore requiring only simple hand tools for installation. With Superbolt, the possibilities are endless — both in scope and application. MJTs replace standard hex nuts, practically making dangerous, time-consuming, and damaging bolting methods obsolete. Parent company Nord-Lock Group — headquartered in Malmö, Sweden — purchased Superbolt in 2011, further solidifying their status as the global leader in bolting solutions. Although the Pittsburgh office serves as the primary US location for the Nord-Lock Group, the company operates more than 25 offices worldwide, including a Superbolt production facility in Saint Gallenkappel, Switzerland. This allows Nord-Lock Group to effectively provide the world with Superbolt nut- and bolt-style tensioners, along with flex nuts, expansion bolts, and other state-of-the-art bolting technologies. If one of their standard or industry-specific solutions won’t work, Superbolt’s Performance Service team will engineer one that will. Extremely challenging applications in harsh environments have been solved with innovative and creative solutions. Whatever the industry, whatever the bolting challenge, Superbolt has an answer. See how they can help with your project. Visit their website at Nord dash Lock dot com ( This is John Criswell for Manufacturing Marvels.